Sunday, 13 February 2011

Just over border in Essex - 2 COMMON RAVENS

COMMON RAVEN is a very rare bird in Essex and London and two birds were showing well all day today. Here is Graham Ekin's report -:

Decided to investigate the mid-day pager message about a pair of COMMON RAVENS at Copped Hall, Epping Forest. Was amazed to find them still present in the valley just N of Copped Hall at TL 428 022. Best to view from the track and adjacent to the duck pond.

I parked on the pull in opposite the impressive entrance due S of the hall and between Upshire village and the B1393. Walk N over the M11 to the hall. Keep walking N past the hall to a farm gate. Walk right at the gate and the pond in is on your right. To your left is the valley. Between 13.20 and 14.30 the birds were showing on and off either in the trees or feeding in one of the grass fields. Les Hatton arrived just after I got there. New Essex bird for both of us.

Directions: I came off the M25 at junction 26 and drove E along the A121 to its junction with the B1393. I then took the small C road West for c 0.5 mile before parking. This small C road goes towards Upshire and is on the left about 1.5 miles N up the B1393. (contributed by Graham Ekins)

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